Tumescent Liposuction

Tumescent liposuction is now one of our favorite methods for surgical body contouring. This offers the best results after liposuction treatment. Never before have we seen smoother lines and skin from liposuction than with the tumescent liposuction method. At Cole Aesthetics, we encourage our patients to be certain that they are dedicated to their health and fitness regimen before thinking about liposuction. Generally, the healthiest weight range is about ten to fifteen pounds away from your maintainable healthy goal weight. We are here to help you compare options before deciding on tumescent liposuction.

How does tumescent liposuction work?

You have definitely heard of liposuction in some sense or other…but tumescent liposuction is different. It’s an outpatient procedure that requires only local anesthetic, tumescent liposuction offers less downtime and permanent results. Tumescent liposuction involves injecting a large amount of sterile saline solution (harmless to the body) into the area before suction is applied. The saline injections make the fat easier to remove, and in some cases, this technique is used because it removes the fat cells intact, allowing them to be re-injected into other areas of the body.

How is tumescent liposuction performed?

The procedure is performed by having the patient lay down on a sterile table with sterile coverings. The physician administers a local anesthetic before beginning to make markings on the patient where tumescent liposuction will occur. Tumescent liposuction can be performed on any part of the body needing fat removed, starting with the deepest layer and moving outward. It’s often the best practice to offer different angles of liposuction to give a smoother look to the contouring after the procedure.

To prevent any need for additional surgeries to correct any balance issues in fat suction, the physician can wake the patient up and have them stand upright to display the results. If there are any areas needing further attention, the physician can put the patient back to sleep and begin touching up again. Stitching and compression pads are added to the treatment areas directly afterward to minimize bruising.


The several advantages of the tumescent approach include the following:

  • Less blood is lost.
  • Intravenous fluid replacement is not necessary.
  • Bacteriostatic lidocaine may decrease the risk of infections.
  • Tumescence magnifies defects; therefore, the likelihood of needing a secondary procedure may be less.
  • Lipid-soluble lidocaine is somewhat suctioned out with the aspirated fat.
  • Vasoconstriction minimizes absorption.
  • The duration of anesthetic effect may last as long as 24 hours.

To learn more about this treatment, please visit our tumescent liposuction page and view our Before and After liposuction gallery to see the results.

Call today for a consultation at 360.613.2600 and let us help you discover how Tumescent Liposuction can help you best achieve your personal goals.


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